Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
The one-week-long series of Bible Studies organized for women at St Mary’s Monastery by the Christian Education department concluded with a meeting with His Holiness Aram I. Led by the members of the Brotherhood, the participants focused on the theme, “Walking on the Path of the Mother of God”; they studied the Bible and the Church fathers’ meditations, and sang hymns devoted to St Mary.
Catholicos Aram I welcomed the initiative and spoke of the role of the Mother of God in the history of Salvation. He then prayed and blessed the participants.
On the same morning at 11:30, the traditional blessing of the salt and incense was held on the altar consecrated to the memory of the Martyrs of Genocide. Rev Shenorhk Ashekian led the service through the prayers of the Church fathers.
According to the ancient Armenian tradition, the priest blesses the food and seasons it with the salt; the food is then shared by the pilgrims.